Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios went head-to-head for the first time in their careers at the Kooyong Classic Exhibition Event overnight, with the all-Australian contest bringing up some interesting moments. It did not come as a surprise when controversy erupted in the match - right on the very last point.
Tomic, still just 26, has fought back to a world ranking of No.85 after blowing out to No.243 during a tough 2018.
With his silky hands and superb touch, Tomic broke for a 3-1 lead and then steamed through the first set.
Tomic hit the ball between his legs while still bouncing another ... and it totally stumped Kyrgios and the umpire.
With the encounter played in good spirits, Tomic claimed match point when he dished up a weird trick serve.
Kyrgios did not seem rattled by the point and laughed it off.
"I don't think there has ever been a player like BT", Kyrgios said.
"He won a title a year ago and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum, which is good to see".
"It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times", world number 51 Kyrgios, who himself has struggled for consistency, added.
What we might get is an indication of where each player is at just days out from the Open. "It's an exciting time for Australian tennis", he continued.
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